Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sorry Steve Not Everyone Is Gungho for War

Today was an interesting case where a NPR has a guest on who is more thoughtful and unbiased than the interviewer thought he would be. Steve Inskeep interviews Vali Nasr, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and asks him if Iran didn't in fact cause the latest war in Lebanon. Nasr hedges his answer, noting that Hezbollah was preparing for some kind of Israeli invasion/assault. When that tack didn't pay off, Inskeep then asks if Bush isn't right in asserting that if Iran had a nuclear bomb things in the region would be unnacceptable. Nasr doesn't take the bait, and instead notes that, if anything, a nuclear Iran would shift the balance of power and perhaps have a restraining effect on violence in the region (remember deterrence?). Credit goes to Nasr for not being a dupe for Inskeep's obvious agenda of stirring up the US public to a frenzy of Iranaphobia--something NPR seems to be encouraging of late.

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